1. Bringing Your Lifelong Invention Idea to Market with Stephen Key Guidance Point Advisors, LLC. 47:36

Ep 090: One thing we know about retirees is that while they’ve left the workforce, they have many useful skills and want to find something to do that gives purpose and hopefully adds a few dollars to their pocketbook. Almost everyone at one time or another comes up with a good idea or improvement for a consumer product. The problem is most people don’t have a clue what to do with those ideas, or that they even can do something with them! So, how do we do this? That is exactly what this show is about, Bringing Your Lifelong Invention Idea to Market!

Our next guest is an award-winning inventor, renowned intellectual property strategist, lifelong entrepreneur, author, speaker, and columnist. He has over 20 patents in his name and the dozens of concepts he has brought to market have retailed in Walmart, 7-Eleven, and Disney stores and parks worldwide. In 1999, he cofounded InventRight to teach others his unique process for harnessing the power of open innovation and the licensing business model. Please welcome Stephen Key to The Retirement Success in Maine Podcast!


Welcome, Stephen Key! [2:20]

What are the initial options for someone who wants to bring their idea to reality? [10:12]

Stephen’s 10-Step System to bring an invention idea to market! [19:40]

What’s the experience for someone using InventRight – what’s the process? [35:24]

How will Stephen find his Retirement Success? [42:26]

Episode Conclusion [45:06]

Benjamin Smith Host, Retirement Success in Maine Podcast & Financial Advisor

Ben's focus with our clients is to direct the investments of their investable portfolios. In teaming with Curtis Worcester and Austin Minor, Ben combines his investment expertise from attaining the CFA Charter with Curtis & Austin's financial planning expertise to provide clients with the tools, confidence, and education to make informed decisions about their retirement. As Ben, Curtis, and Austin have a number of clients that are Northern Light Health employees, they've developed a specialty in serving clients in the healthcare field. You can read their "Employee Guide to the Northern Light Health Retirement Plans" here.

He has spent his entire career devoted to serving individual clients and institutions by developing and implementing investment strategies, setting portfolio structure, and providing the highest level of client service. He's passionate about helping clients maximize their savings and retirement income using the many financial planning and portfolio management tools available to Guidance Point consultants. Prior to working for Guidance Point Advisors, Ben worked for Acadia Trust, N.A., a subsidiary of Camden National Corporation, as Vice President, Portfolio Manager based in Bangor, Maine. Ben assumed responsibility for and oversight of over $300 million in client portfolios, including individuals, families, retirement plans, endowments, foundations, businesses, and trusts; and he served on the Company’s Investment Committee.